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crisis across the northeast, of course, as gas becomes scarce after sandy and folks begged for help in places like staten island. and we're going to get all of that to you in a moment. first, i want to tell you this. the reports that got the attention of the american public, american voters, and the spin teams as well. from both campaigns, as a matter of fact. now, that would be these numbers you're looking at right now. that's the jobs numbers here. they are stronger than expected. i want you to take a look. the u.s. added 171,000 jobs last month. but, you know, i must emphasize this, the unemployment rate inched up .1%. that's 7.9%. the numbers are on your screen. so more jobs than expected, but a higher rate of unemployment. both campaigns have something to chew on right now and chew they did, of course. here is mitt romney. >> he said he was going to lower the unemployment rate, down to
5.2% right now. today we learned that it is actually 7.9% and that's 9 million jobs short of what he promised. unemployment is higher today than when barack obama took office. >> now, as you might expect, the president is zeroing in on the job numbers. here he is, take a listen. >> today our businesses have created nearly 5.5 million new jobs and this morning we learned the companies hired more workers in october than at any time in the last eight months. >> all right, with that said, i want to bring in now our chief business correspondent, mr. ali velshi, he's traveling on the cnn election express and also there is john avalon, cnn contributor. hello, gentlemen. listen, you all heard what the president and mr. romney had to say, but, you know, let's talk about the political capital here. who is going to get more political capital out of this with just four days to the
election, ali? >> well, hands down president obama because he had the most to lose out of this thing. the issue was if the unemployment rate went up substantially, or more importantly if the 171,000 jobs weren't created. the expectation was for 125,000 jobs. as long as he cleared that, he was going to be okay. barack obama gets more out of it. as you can see, he's not emphasizing the unemployment rate when he's speaking. mitt romney is doing that math that doesn't work thing again. barack obama said that the unemployment was going to be this and now it is this and as a result 9 million people are out of work. that's just not math that works. i don't think either of them are convincing anybody right now. this could have hurt barack obama. it is not going to hurt him. i don't know it really helps him a lot. >> yeah. it is kind of a wash when you look at the jobs numbers increased, but then the unemployment rate ticked up. john, hang on, before you weigh in, i may have a question for you that you're just about to answer for me, because month to month jobs reports, it is a important milestone by which we
can gauge whether the economy is improving. and then, you know, judge the president, what the president is doing. i want you to take a look back to the worst of this recession, guys. this is october of 2009. look at this, the unemployment rate was above 10%. and in this month, 7.9%. you've been traveling to the swing states as i have, what are you hearing, are people feeling better off? today's numbers help any of the candidates? >> well, i tell you, don, we have been on the battleground bus state tour from florida to ohio. people understand the economy is improving. but the real debate is whether it is fast enough and whether mitt romney could have done a better job. in toledo, ohio, today, one of the battle ground counties of ohio, the must win buckeye state, i spoke to mayor bell, he put it out that january 2009, unemployment here was 12.6% in this county. today it is around 7.5, lower than the national average.
that is a measurable improvement. that doesn't mean the economy is going on all cylinders right now. but there is measurable improvement, and that becomes -- for big debate, romney saying he could have proved things faster, president obama saying don't return us to policies that got us here in the first place. >> but, ali, when you look at the unemployment rate in ohio now is 7%, below the national average, will people give -- will voters give that credit to john kasich, the republican governor here or does that go to the president? >> that's a good question. yeah. that's exactly the question. in a number of these swing states where the economy is doing better, it has a republican governor, so who gets the credit for it? it depends. one thing that has a big impact in ohio, there are two things going on. one is the hydraulic fracturing, the natural gas. so people are kind of mixed on that because both talked that up, but the auto stuff, we're in toledo, this is where the jeeps are made, we were in youngstown where the chevy cruise is made with three shifts at the large town plant that was going to be
shut down before the auto bailout. they give obama full credit for the auto stuff and i got to tell you, mitt romney talking down the auto industry, not going over all that well. that said, as you know, don, there are not that many undecideds left in ohio and a lot of people have already voted. >> mm-hmm. absolutely. let's talk a little bit more about that. i'll go on and talk about the overall picture of the economy. we heard a lot of them talking today, heard so much of them. let's talk more about that, the jeep -- the jeep comment, mitt romney saying the president is going to ship jobs overseas and these people here are concerned. people are calling, wondering if their jobs were going to be shipped overseas. and the people who work for jeep, the auto industry president said, that's just not true. >> so let's say -- mitt romney takes this ad out and says they're benefitting from taxpayer bailout money and they're going to make jeeps in china. let me tell you a couple of
things. jeeps for china will be made in china. that's the way the auto world works. we're not moving american jeep manufacturing to china to import american jeeps to the united states. so jeep chrysler came out, fiat, the company, they said, absolutely wrong. general motors, have you ever heard of a company which has got a deal with whoever the next president is, come out and scold the presidential candidate the way there is. everybody we talked to says mitt romney is flat out wrong on this. and, again, we're puzzled that he would do that. he's competitive in ohio. this is a dead heat. statistically a dead heat between romney and obama. very puzzling to hear how this is going over here. >> and just to add to that, the swing voters we're talking to here, there is a sense that this issue resonated. the front pages, the local newspaper here is about romney on the auto industry. >> people are mad. >> and it is registering as an unforced error. people take it very personally here, their jobs, their local economy is connected to the auto bailout and stimulus package according to the mayor here. >> yeah. and, john, listen, the president
has a tough sell. it may be an easier sell for mitt romney and the reason i say that is because when everyone is running for president, they can say i'm going to do this. you heard mayor romney saying i'm going to open up the keystone pipeline, this and this and this and this. it is tougher for the president to say i'm going to do more of what we have been doing so the economy at least grows a little bit. so do you think, john, or -- either one of you guys, do you think voters get that particular nuance? >> look, you campaign in poetry, govern in prose. he is trying to campaign as a candidate of change and president obama is trying to reconcile that inspiring rhetoric with the record he has to run on, he's making a much more modest case. we're not there yet, but we have turned the corner, made progress, and don't turn back the clock on the policies. it is a different argument certainly than we heard from barack obama four years ago. >> what don is asking the
question we have been getting from undecided voters, right? like barack obama, i understand he got -- handed a bad economy, but things aren't as much better as i thought they were going to be and i like what mitt romney is saying how he sees the future looking like but i'm not sure how he gets there. >> we hear a lot of swing voters talking about the deficit and the debt. concerned about the economy, the jobs. but that's not abstract. they understand that on a fundamental level and that's a key pitch the republicans have been making. that issue does resonate with people at their kitchen table. >> all right. great conversation. thank you, guys. >> i got one question. one question for you, don. one question. >> yes. >> we're both in ohio. it is all cold. how come you look like you're on gq and i look like the michelin man. >> you should be asking yourself that question, ali velshi.
>> thank you, ali. thank you john avalon. appreciate it. now to some serious news here. a new storm is threatening to make recovery efforts worse in the northeast. our meteorologist chad myers is here to tell us how bad it could be. chad, we're hearing of freezing temperatures, what is going on here? >> freezing temperatures are really the problem. and then there is another storm, a coastal low. sometimes you can call them nor'easters, but this one doesn't qualify as a nor'easter just yet. we have a big rise in the jet stream here, where it is nice and warm in the west. then a dip in the jet stream in the east where all the cold air is allowed to come straight down. when this happens, don, sometimes lows can come over the top and run up the east coast of a coastal low and dump a bunch of snow this way or rain or wind. now, this isn't -- i wouldn't be talking about this, you wouldn't even put me on your show if we didn't have 5 million customers, that's more than 5 million people, that's 5 million households or businesses that
don't have power in the northeast. and really can't afford to have any more cold air or any more rain or any more wind. the power lines are barely up there in some spots, trees are half knocked down, more wind could knock more down. these power companies don't need wind, they need to have it calm so they can get buckets up. they can't be over 35 miles per hour. it isn't a big deal just yet. but, you know what, it is a big deal if your house is already half knocked down or don't have any windows or your roof is half gone. that's why this storm we're watching for you would be tuesday or wednesday, if it happens. and that is still and if, still five days away. >> yeah. yeah. i still don't think the story, the last thing has been said about this election and what is going to happen, especially 5.4 million people, 5 million people without electricity and another impending storm, i think we're going to be -- we might see some changes when it comes to that or an update at the least. thank you very much. up next, we'll continue on talking about the situation happening in new york, staten
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all right, this is just in to cnn. new york city marathon set to go ahead this weekend. it is going to go. but anger is mounting with fears it is going to take away precious resources from sandy's recovery. but new york city mayor michael bloomberg is -- he's defending his decision this afternoon, saying fire and police resources won't be diverted. >> the police department right now has to be at all of the intersections where there is no lights. lights are going to be back on tonight. mass transit solves a lot of other problems. we have a police provide those. traffic control resources. it does use some resources, but it doesn't use resources that can really make a difference in recovery and that sort of thing it is a different group of people. it is a relatively small amount of sanitation departments,
resources. and we have to have a city going forward. >> so he's pretty confident about that, but not everyone is. state senator liz kruger will join us next hour, not happy about that decision. not happy about the decision to have the new york city marathon this weekend. make sure you stay tuned. we'll have that for you. an new york's staten island, sandy's victims woke up to another day without power. can you imagine? another day. and with temperatures set to drop into the 30s this weekend, the only thing heating up right now, tempers. you can better believe that. new york city senator chuck schumer toured the devastation. as he did that, one woman was begging him for help. >> we are going to die. you don't understand. you got to get your trucks on this corner. >> 41 people have died in new york city alone and about half those deaths were here, on staten island. yesterday the bodies of two young boys ages 2 and 4 were
found there. and you're seeing new pictures of the mother's suv that got stuck in the floodwater. gary tuchman shows us now where the boys were swept from her arms. >> reporter: you come over here to this tree, and hold on to the tree, grab the branches, at the tree, and hold on to it and hold on to her sons at the same time. she did this, according to police, for hours. she then says she went to this house behind me, knocked on the door, a man was inside, she pleaded with him, let us inside your house. she says the man would not let her in the house with her son. she stood on the balcony, tried to break the window to break into the house, wasn't able to, and ultimately float waters came through and swept her sons away. >> so that man in the house that gary mentioned, well, he has a different account of what happened. listen. >> he didn't ask to come in. he asked for me to come out and
help him. >> did you help him? >> what am i going to do to help him? i had a pair of shorts on with flip flops and i was going to come out -- >> you did not see a woman and two children? >> no. >> you saw a man. >> yes. >> going live now to staten island. that's where we find cnn's brian todd. brian, just devastating to watch these pictures and just being there. what is it like there today? >> don, they're get leagting so relief in the neighborhood, some bulldozers and trucks are here to clear debris. we have seen national guard troops here. we're told relief agencies are not far away from here. after some really impassioned complaints about not getting some aid here, relief has finally come to this neighborhood. we'll show you more of the damage. this is the orthodox church of india here on cedar grove avenue. and, look, this is all debris from the basement. officials of the church tell us the basement got completely flooded out. they had to clear all the
chairs, this oven right here, a free rhee frid refrigerator, other things that got trashed in the storm. the basement was completely flooded out. i'm here with babu philips. what are the people telling you about just what they have suffered through? >> well, many of the members, they already had personal losses but many came here to see the damage to the church and we are more concerned about the neighborhood, the people who are living here for many years. we see them every day, every week. and some of them lost their life and the next door neighbor, her house is demolished. we're concerned about them too. and as far as the church is concerned, we have two levels, one is the sanctuary area.
>> and this stuff here is used to feed people on sundays. >> food to everybody on sundays. and we lost everything. everything in the basement, we lost everything. we have a small kitchen, that is ruined. we have an audio, video system, you can see those things are laying down there. >> what do the church members tell you about their feelings about the relief? do they feel it got here quick enough? >> unfortunately not. we are out of power for many days. we didn't see anybody coming here with a helping hand. i know it may take some time, but expecting this kind of hurricane, they could have done better than what they're doing now. i'm not putting blame on anybody, but that's what we're expecting when we have needs. we need something to be taken
care of. we are not seeing that kind of help now. hopefully, you know, people -- the officials will open their eyes and come over and extend their hand for the needy people. that's what we're hoping for. >> thank you very much. good luck to you. >> thank you for covering this on cnn. >> thank you very much. this is just typical of the reaction around here people picking up the pieces, doing what they can, community members chipping in to help each other all up and down the street. the refrain, the aid is not quick enough getting here, it is getting here now. it zndoesn't take away the stin that it took a couple of days now. >> hundreds of people lined up for miles at this gas station in new jersey. lines like this can be seen in several cities across the region. and for some who have waited for hours, it could mean life or death. many are still without power
since the storm tore through their neighborhoods. they desperately, desperately need gas to run generators and much more, of course. cnn's susan candiotti now in new jersey. susan, we are hearing of fistfights, we're hearing of arrests, people waiting for hours. i understand you're at a gas station, in a car, are you in one of those lines now? >> yeah, you're watching an experiment as it plays out, don. we are inching forward in a gas line, just got in a few minutes ago, because we want to see how long it is going to take us to get to the front of the line. and what it is like to be sitting in your car for two hours, three hours, four hours, to get to the front of the line. obviously we have seen some of those minor dustups that do happen on occasion, haven't seen any of that here, but i have since yesterday when we started watching these things happen, yes, you're right, at one point in queens last night, new york, someone pulled out a gun after they cut into a line and someone
confronted them about it. but police quickly made an arrest. but for the most part, people are incredibly patient. i don't know if we turn a little bit, you can't see much, because only as the line starts to move a little bit, i know that we're back more than a mile and i know that people in this line have told us it has taken them hours to get to the front. but you also see bits of humanity. we saw one man who ran out of gas when he got to the front of the line, and a police officer who was standing by and some other people helped push the car up to the fuel tank so the man could get his gas. it has taken a ton of patience, obviously. don? >> absolutely. and it is going to take a ton more patience. susan, get ready. you're probably going to be in that line for a long time. our thanks to susan candiotti. if he they can wait and hold it out and survive this, it is always hope here in america. help is on the way.
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so wherever you are, take a moment and i want you to watch this, because it has been so really much pressure in ohio, because ohio may decide the most expensive presidential race in history. both campaigns are blitzing to woo ohio's voters and to try to score the state's 18 electoral votes. here is the latest poll of polls. finds this, 49% of ohio's likely voters support president obama. 46% of ohio's likely voters support mitt romney. it is that close. and, of course, in ohio, every single vote is valuable. ballots are guarded and tracked with ferocious precision. but i got a behind the scenes up close look in one county to see how the ballots are actually counted.
here it is. in person -- >> name, two forms of i.d., signature, looks good. >> reporter: or by mail, all ballots in hamilton county, ohio, end up here, election headquarters. >> so this is when the absentee ballots come back from the post office. we have the clerks who scan them back in and check them for making sure they're valid. >> reporter: processed by an army of staff, volunteers, and machines. norman jr.'s turn now. a brand-new machine named after the character in the movie psycho, because of this noise. norman scans, photographs, and separates ballots into precincts. >> we start with mail buckets and just toss them all in. >> reporter: are you happy to have this machine? >> with this many ballots, yes. >> reporter: now downstairs to the inspectors. this is it? >> this is it. this is where we begin to look at the ballots that have been returned by voters who have voted absentee. this is a secured office space.
>> reporter: i can go in, right? >> you can come in. everybody who comes in must sign in and sign out when they leave. they can only work in bipartisan teams when they're working with ballots. >> reporter: the ballots have no names. just numbers. so the voter is unidentifiable to the volunteer checking for problems that might cause a computer to reject the ballot. >> reporter: like that one is ripped. what do you do with that one? >> i want to make sure my numbers match. that's important because i could have two different -- i have this one and this one. so then i look over everything. >> reporter: right. >> and i know my issue is right here because it came past the black line, the bar code and into -- >> reporter: right. >> so i put it back together, and i'll lay it in this stack of remakes. >> reporter: remakes means a ballot has to be recorded manually. but only by a bipartisan review board. this is the last thing before it goes to the card? >> yes. it is actually reading on to cards now. >> reporter: so you take this card, whatever comes from this,
and that's what is actually counted, that's -- >> correct. >> reporter: finally, one more backup, good old paper, placed into slots, for each precinct. a quick reference for every single vote. so everything here has to be done in pairs, one d and one r, one democrat and one republican, and everything is monitored. >> yes. >> reporter: so in order for them to put this in the right polling precinct slot, wherever that slot is, they have got to be two of them and someone has to monitor them. so lots of checks and balances, right? >> correct. >> reporter: look, the ds and rs get along in this office. >> we only have to because the boss is standing here. >> reporter: thank you, guys, for letting us inside there. up next, there is an election day scenario, some describe as intriguing. others call it a complete nightmare. gloria borger, help us out, break it down. our coverage continues from ohio with gloria on the other side of the break. loating? yeah.
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downtown columbus now. we're back in ohio, and the biggest prize in next week's election, well, prepare yourselves, everyone. look at the results of five -- this is five national polls. all of these poll takers talked to voters just within the last week. look at this. look at how close they are. note that many numbers are similar, are within a point, 48 here, 47 there, this is just more proof that the presidential race looks like it is going to be headed to a photo finish. so when the race is this tight, election day this close, i mean, what do the campaigns concentrate on? it really all boils down to, i'm sure gloria borger, our chief political analyst, it is a numbers game, gloria. >> yeah. >> she's in washington. yeah, so it boils down to numbers, right? >> it does. it boils -- it boils down to turnout. when you look at those national poll matchups, you know this,
don, that's not really what we're looking at. because national polls include states that are very red and include states that are very blue. you're looking at battleground states where you're sitting, state of ohio, and you're looking at campaign organizations and how they get their voters to the polls. it is intensity. it is enthusiasm. it is organization. you also look at early voting because you know in early voting you actually have a certain amount of control over how you get people to the polls and you know you're getting your voters to the polls. so you want to control that as much as you can. because in a close race, like ohio, like florida, like any -- colorado, whatever, you know that that could really make the margin of difference. that's why the campaigns are focusing so much on early voting this time around. very important. >> yeah.
you're absolutely right. and really that is -- that is what i've been charged with to do here at cnn is to come here to ohio and look at the ground game leading up to the election. and that's -- mitt romney's team, president obama's team, that's what they're doing. it is all about getting people -- they want them to vote, but they say get there early and almost every bit of literature says what you're saying, gloria. >> right. and the interesting thing is, what they don't want to do and this is the word they use, they don't want to cannibalize, as they call it, their voters that would normally turn out on election day, don. so what they try and do is get what they call low propensity voters, voters that otherwise probably would not make it to the polls, but if you can figure out a way to get them out there, make it easier for them to vote, and you know they're going to vote for you, then you get in contact with them and you find out what they need, and you make sure that they vote. so the resources are really focusing on getting out these --
this other group of voters. >> this is how i know you know what you're talking about, because you didn't -- we didn't even talk about -- we haven't talked about this before, but as i went to the number of polling places, i in the i noticed it a my photographer, most of the people who were first time voters, they come in, they say first time voter, everyone in the room applauds. it wasn't an 18-year-old, most of the time it is 40, 50, 60, older people who are first time voters who are coming in and that says a lot about -- these are people who their targeting who they may not normally get. i want to move on to that nightmare scenario that everyone is talking about on election day. >> well -- >> that we have been -- which is popular vote versus the electoral college. go on. >> sure. in particular talking to republicans about this, they think there is a possibility that the popular vote could go for mitt romney and yet the electoral college could go for
president obama. in which case i would also have to add that the president of the united states would be re-elected. because that's how we run elections in this country. but it is -- it is very clear and it has been clear from day one that the president has had an easier way through the electoral college given the way the west and the midwest are these days. so there are some republicans who believe that there could be that kind of a split. personally i also believe that particularly given what you were showing there in the state of ohio that in these very close battleground states, it may take a lot longer just to count the ballots than we thought. so either we may not know until a long time perfect when the polls close or maybe not for a little bit. you know, days. >> yeah. >> we'll have to see. we could be sitting around for a while. >> in ohio's case it could be weeks with the whole provisional
ballot thing. that is a whole other show that we talk about, two weeks until the 17th you may not know. we'll see much more of that. i'm sure you'll be covering it and we'll bring it to you from ohio. gloria, thank you. appreciate it. >> thank you. stay warm. >> all right. thank you. the most important mission following hurricane sandy, the devastation, the search for survivors. by air and also by land. and our jim clancy just got back from a ride along with the national guard, searching for those in need of help, wait until you hear what he saw. ally bank. why they're always there to talk. i love you, james. don't you love me? i'm a robot. i know. i know you're a robot! but there's more in you than just circuits and wires! uhhh. (cries) a machine can't give you what a person can. that's why ally has knowledgeable people there for you, night and day. ally bank.
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teams are now sweeping this area, searching for survivors. you see them there. jim clancy joins me now with more information on that. so, jim, you were just with the search team, the search and rescue team, what are they finding out there, what did you see, survivors? what is going on? >> well, you know what, they didn't find anybody survivors who wanted to be rescued. there are some people that are still living on the island. not particularly in this area, this area has been devastated, the whole topography of it has changed. from the beach, the sand has been washed away, undercutting some of the homes. the water has damaged other homes. they were going around knocking on doors, looking through windows, searching around a house to see for any signs of life. you see somebody might be trapped inside, few mobile homes that were parked up there that are just crushed and in those, they went in and broke some windows, double-checking to see,
because obviously somebody was inside, they could have been trapped. the goal is to go to every single house and market off when they checked it so they can ensure nobody who wants to be evacuated is being left behind. but not everybody wants to be evacuated. they were met by one man, carl, and carl rode out the storm and said he doesn't want to be rescued. listen to what he had to say. >> well, we have been here for a long time. this is our home. we never expected it this bad. had we known it to be this bad, we might have elected to leave. we didn't. we're here and now we'll pick up the pieces. >> reporter: picking up the pieces, what a storm it was. wildest ride of his life. got to tell you, don, he told the story, everything was going fine. he had a big black suv up on blocks, to keep it clear of the water. he said he felt pretty good, even though the river -- looked like a river outside of his house. he said everything looked good
until the house came down the street and took his car with it. so a lot of people learned some hard lessons here, but there is hardy folks out on this island, and we met one of them today. back to you. >> my goodness. jim clancy, thank you very much. appreciate that. now this. >> -- hard to be excited about obama if you have not worked. >> well, you recognize, there is comedian louie anderson, he tells it like it is. in the state with the highest unemployment rate in the country, but find out why there are positive signs in nevada, just days before the election. >> as this county goes, so go goes -- ♪
especially in nevada. nevada's six electoral votes are looking more important than ever and the race there, of course, all the races around the country, tight, very tight. this american research group poll has obama edging romney 49% to 487%. people in nevada say they are starting to see signs of recovery, believe it or not. cnn's miguel marquez picks up the story from high above, high above the las vegas skyline. >> reporter: here we are, top of the stratosphere in vegas, baby. as this county goes, so goes nevada! in a city that fell harder and faster than just about any place in the country. this better be a very close election. the stratosphere, like all
vegas, suffered the worst of the recession. at some point you had to make a decision, either go big or stay home and shut down. >> that was sort of the thesis, yeah. >> reporter: the vegas landmark sunk more than $20 million into upgrades including a new restaurant, oh, and that sky jump thing. most importantly, more than 100 new jobs. do you think las vegas is through the worst of it? >> it feels like it. i drive to work every day and i see stuff going on that i haven't seen for a little while. >> reporter: things like construction and homes being built in a place that once had a nation's highest foreclosure rate. >> there you go, yeah. >> reporter: chef rick given charged vegas' decline and rise by an entree index. >> at the low point, how many dinners were you doing? >> we were doing as low as 250 a night, 250 to 400, now between 450 and 700 a night. >> wow. >> yeah. big recovery. >> this is an important state. clark county, especially. >> reporter: comedy icon and clark county voter louie
anderson who does four shows a week at the palace station -- >> how do you spell ron paul? >> reporter: -- says the city is struggling back, but he knows just how torn the country is. >> i think it is hard to be excited about obama if you have not worked. and i love obama. i understand the appeal of romney and in this situation. >> reporter: like voters everywhere, he's tired of the campaign. >> obama has been here more than celine dionne has. >> reporter: but hopeful that results, not politics, tops the agenda come january. >> if we have the great country we had once, this is not going to be a democrat or republican thing. this is going to be an every single american thing. >> reporter: all right, so, miguel marquez joins us now. miguel, i told you many times ago to jump off a bridge and you never did it. but you went and jumped off a building. >> well, anything for television. i'll jump off a -- i'll climb a mountain for cnn, jump off a
perfectly good building for cnn. >> oh, my gosh. listen, let's get down to business, brown noser, nevada is feeling a bit more optimistic, but the unemployment rate is still so high there. are there really signs of broader growth? >> reporter: there are. it is stunning that the president has held on to a lead, a slim lead in this state as he has because the unemployment is so bad. 12.3% in clark county, 11.8% in nevada. the worst in the nation. not only here at the stratosphere but there are buildings across town that have been stopped, the construction stopped for more than a year now. they're starting to start up again. the one big statistic i heard, which is a tiny statistic, the housing prices here. since 2007, they have gone down. in the last month, they went up by 1%. and that, for people in the housing market here, is huge. don? >> miguel, in all seriousness, great report. it makes a viewer watch.
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here is his conversation with a chief infrastructure officer. >> the complex itself will require significant rehabilitation due to the damage from the storm. the infrastructure. the electrical systems, the fare collection systems, the riding systems, the stairways, the ventilation systems, the elevators, escalators, they're all pretty much ruined from the water damage from the surge damage. just follow my same footsteps. believe it or not, these timbers washed in from the ocean or the bay. >> this did right here? this timber right here. >> absolutely. >> this washed in from -- >> washed in from the tidal surge. >> incredible to think this was a subway station. >> one of our newest subway stations. >> were you able to -- obviously
you were able to pump out a lot of the water from where we are right now because it is dry. >> it is dry to this level. but we'll take a quick look over there at the stairway where it goes down to the terminal station and you'll see the water level, where it stands today. >> this says it all too, you look at what is left of this over here. >> this is the finished surface wall with tile surface. you see it washed out from the wall coming down the stairway. so that's the level of water. that's -- this is completely flooded all the way down to the platform level and the tracks where you would typically go down and get on the train. another level down. >> at one point the water is up where we were standing here because you can tell where the steps are rusted. >> yes, at this very level the water was about -- we pumped out about 15 feet so far. >> okay. so you've pumped 15 feet out. 15 feet you've already pumped. wow, okay.
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lines become scarce after sandy, as gas becomes scarce after sandy and folks beg for help in places like staten island and beyond. and we'll get to all of that in a moment. first, the report that has got the attention of the american voters and the spin team as well from both campaigns. those new jobs numbers, that's what i'm talking about. they just came out today, and this is what they look like. during october, the u.s. added 171,000 new jobs, but the jobless rate inched up .1% to 7.9% from 7.8%, of course. analysis on that in a moment. first, we got to wondering, what does this mean in all those important swing states? so we dispatched our reporters, to florida, to iowa, wisconsin, nevada, and colorado, and, of course, here in ohio where i am. we begin in the battleground state of florida with cnn's john zarrella. >> reporter: in florida, certainly jobs like in most other places are the number one
issue. and already here in florida people expressing their opinions, early voting, tomorrow is the last day, the lines are very, very long, an hour and a half to two hour waits in a lot of places. the one thing with jobs in florida is the construction industry, very hard hit. particularly in home building. there are so many foreclosed homes out there, the glut of the market there still hasn't absorbed those homes and if you go up the coast, just three hours up to the kennedy space center, coincidentally today the last of the three space shuttles being retired, shuttle "atlantis." that program ending just at one company alone, united space alliance, more than 4,000 skilled workers have lost their jobs. >> well, the economic numbers here in iowa tell a pretty good story for president obama. you've got 5.2% unemployment here that is far below the national average of 7.9%. you have a robust farming sector here in iowa that is helping the economy.
and the housing crisis all but surpassed this state. so you would think that iowa could be a shoo-in for the president. that's not what we're hearing and seeing across the state here. the big concern among many people we have talked to here in iowa is the deficit. they hate the spending, they hate the government debt. and that is the common thread here that we're hearing. people are worried about the big picture, long-term, what does the deficit mean for their kids. when it comes to jobs, that top line number of 5.2% is much better than elsewhere, however, some folks here say, look, the jobs we have are lower paying jobs than they used to be. we're not getting enough hours, we only have part time work. so there is still a jobs concern here, but i would say it is surpassed by the deficit concern. >> here in wisconsin, it is all about jobs. the unemployment rate has covered around 7% for the last six months, below the national average. but it has been stagnant, good news and bad news in this state. this is the recession.
170,000 total jobs were lost during the recession. and only about 10% of them have been replenished. some days there is good news, some days there is bad news. recently. just last week there was bad news in the middle of the state in oshkosh, wisconsin, a company by the name of oshkosh defense, they make military vehicles, they announced they will be laying off 450 full time united autoworker employees. that will hit that very small region in the middle of the state very hard. president obama was in that area yesterday. governor romney is here in the milwaukee area today. what happened in green bay will not translate, likely, throughout the entire state, but you can imagine that the folks who are tied to the defense contracts will be leaning towards mitt romney because it hits home for them. bottom line here in wisconsin, like many other states across this country, jobs is the number one issue. >> the recovery here in nevada has been spotty at best. so has the highest unemployment rate in the country. 11.8% here in clark county.
12.3%. we're on top of the stratosphere here. this hotel and casino has poured more than $20 million into renovations in the last couple of years. they are optimistic that things are going to get better. they even added jobs, more than 100 in the last couple of months. and there are others smaller signs that things are getting better. that's the strip behind me, the big blue building to the left, that's 70% completed for more than a year. it cost $2.9 billion to get to this point so far. and it looks like they're going to get back to construction in the not too distant future. so people across nevada and here in las vegas hopeful that they're through the worst of it and better times are to come. >> here in colorado, the number one issue is very much jobs. the talk to the registered independent voters and it gets a little more personal, it is about my job. here in the state of colorado, key swing state, a third of the voters are democrat, a third republican, a third registered
independent. the unemployment rate in the state is about at the national average, 8%. so we drove it down a little bit further, we went into the key swing state to key counties talking to the key demographics. suburban women and what they tell us is it is very personal, it is about job security and who they vote for is going to depend on how they feel that person will lead to security in their jobs for the next four years. who is that person going to be? and how is he going to affect what i put on my kitchen table? then we talked to college students, those college students say they were so enthusiastic four years ago, but this year is very much a different game in part because they're not convinced that when they graduate, that they will have a job at graduation time. so, here in colorado, you talk to the registered independents and it is about jobs, but it is much more about my job. don?
we're going to drill down in ohio, more in this broadcast. i'm live from ohio now. okay. let's talk about the new jobs report. it is out just this morning. i want you to take a look at those numbers again. we can put them up on the screen. there they are. nationwide employers added 171,000 jobs. but the unemployment rate inched up a tenth of a point to 7.9%. we have with views of these numbers from the campaign trail today. first, we're going to hear from mitt romney. >> he said he was going to lower the unemployment rate, down to 5.2% right now. today we learned that it is actually 7.9%, and that's 9 million jobs short of what he promised. unemployment is higher today than when barack obama took office. >> all right, now from the other side, the president, zeer yoeg zeroing in on the numbers today. listen. >> today our businesses created nearly 5.5 million new jobs. and this morning we learned the
companies hired more workers in october than at anytime in the last eight months. >> okay. now to someone who can talk about all of this for us, break it down. jill schlessinger is the editor at large at cbs money watch.com. good to see you. thank you for joining us here to help us with this. you heard the candidates weigh in. how would you characterize today's reports, beyond what the rhetoric of what they say about it? >> first, let me say they're both sort of right. so each side has a point. but when you look at this report, i was so elated this morning, 171,000 is more jobs than we thought were going to be create the crea created. we thought there would be 125,000. you talked about the unemployment rate. let's discuss why it went up. it went up because we had a few more people, that re-entered the workforce, looking for jobs. that means they feel optimistic they can get a job. we have been talking about how people have been leaving the labor force, so we had some people come back into the labor
force, that pushed the unemployment rate up by a tenth of a percent and another real positive, revisions to the previous two months totaled 84,000. we're averaging about 157,000 jobs a month this year. it is trending a little bit above last year. but the bottom line is, it is slow. and that is what you are going to hear when you go talk to people out across the land. >> yeah. and i want to look at the jobless rate by education, because it is also about education, right? it looks like things are improving for people with a college degree and for high school graduates. but for people with some college, or with no high school degree, it is worse. tell us about that. >> well, this is a terrible trend, of course, for young folks. you want to say, look, college is worth it. college is not worth it if you come out with debt up to your eyeballs. they say get an education, but don't pay through the nose for it. and for those folks who have been out of work for a long time, we find that they're
having a hard time securing a job. the average duration of unemployment is still about 40 weeks. we have 5 million people who have been out of work more than six months. so there is some real negatives that are going on in our labor market, and they are -- i guess this election is coming down to whether you believe the person who was running the economy for the last four years should get some credit for rebuilding, or whether he could have done a better job and then you elect the other guy. >> all right, jill schlessinger from cbs moneywatch.com, thank you. >> great to be with you. well, we're less than an hour away from a new cnn orc poll of ohio voters to tell you about. all eyes have been on the buckeye state, because many believe ohio, many believe that ohio, this state where i am right now, will decide who will be the next president of the united states. and you only need to follow the money to see proof of that. the president has spent close to $54 million in state ads in this
state from april through october 27. that's a lot of money. mitt romney close to $28 million. only florida has gotten more campaign ad dollars. i'm going it turn now to our chief national correspondent john king, who is in southwest of me, in the town of cincinnati, ohio. so, john, it is very good to see you. i've been wanting to talk to you about this for a while now. so mitt romney is there, going to be there later on. and he is in -- going to be in ohio. was in wisconsin earlier. the latest cnn poll of polls shows that obama is up by 3 points. so take a look at that. what can we read, if anything, into those numbers? is that sort of within the margin of error or not? is it enough to -- for the obama campaign to feel safe or no? >> well, it is close enough, don, for the romney campaign to overcome an election day if they
have a significant turnout. a significant intensity, a significant energy event. one of the things that is interesting about ohio, some of the other swing states have gone up and down. the president was up 3, then tide, then governor up was up 1 or 2 or the president's lead has fluctuated. ohio has been steady throughout the general election season. if you go back to april, we knew governor romney would be the nominee, the president has pretty consistently has been ahead 3 or 4 points, a pretty consistent lead for the president. what does that tell you, this state has been relatively static, part of it is all the ad spending you talked about. the most disappointed people in ohio on wednesday will be the owners of the local television stations when the cash cow runs dry. but can romney overcome a two or three-point obama lead on election day? yes. is it difficult? absolutely. you're in a critical area. in columbus, the president needs the union government workers, the african-americans in that city. governor romney has to do better in the suburbs than john mccain did. in cleveland, the president gets
a huge boost from the democrats, minority voters and cuyahoga county, like county, the suburbs, key battleground there. i'm back here in the cincinnati area, like to retrace steps from prior campaigns. when you came here late in 2004, you could tell the scene was out of the kerry campaign and the george w. bush was starting to take off. four years ago, hamilton county, normally republican, has to be republican for romney to win. when you came here four years ago, no doubt mccain campaign was on life support and the president carried this county four years ago. so in going around this morning, i can tell you this, both sides are working extra hard, the obama campaign concedes the romney campaign is doing much better than the mccain campaign. governor romney will be in this area, not cincinnati, but to the north of here tonight. we're told republicans expect some 35,000 people at that rally. if that kind of a number shows up, let's get ready for a long count in ohio. >> oh, yeah. i've been going around the state, you're here. and it is get out the vote, get out the vote early, early, early. that's what both sides are focusing on. you're right.
the republicans here are extremely organized and are really motivated this time because they know what happened back in 2008. early voting, i've been watching it, what about what you've seen in the same state where i am, do you think it is going to exceed 2008 numbers? >> yes. though there was a dip in cuyahoga county after the storm. the day of voting, for a couple of days, a little below what it was in 2008. overall across the state, both parties think that it will exceed. obama campaign thinks ts a key asset. our goal is to be closer to the president than the mccain campaign was four years ago. i will tell you this, you visit the campaign headquarters, you can early vote in this state through monday. so the campaigns are calling people, they called yesterday or the day before, and they said, you know, they say they called your house, don, are you going to vote, they say yes, you say when, early vote in the morning. then they go down to the early voting places and they're getting the list of people who voted and they're calling back the people who said they were going to vote but haven't shown
up yet because they want to get as many early voters in the bank so that on election day, they can go out for those -- to make the last minute push for every last vote. so it is remarkable the amount of technology and the data available to all the campaigns. if you promised them you go to early vote and haven't, they are going to dog you until you do. >> yes, we witnessed that. john, thank you. john from cincinnati. john, to show you how important this is, mitt romney also in ohio, we're going to go to aetna and listen in. >> 5 million jobs short. those are real americans. can't find work. 23 million in all can't find work or can't find work that is up to their needs, only finding part time work. this is a critical time. the president was a president who took office with the economy as the number one challenge. and, you know, he's got a higher unemployment today than when he took office. think of that. the president of the united states presides over a nation under his leadership where unemployment is higher than the
day he took office. and, of course, he said he was going to save social security and medicare because they were headed to insolvency. what has happened instead, he made no effort to save either one. and in fact, he took $716 billion from medicare to pay for obama care. and then he said he was going to lower the cost of your health insurance. by $2,500 a family by now. instead it has gone up by $3,000 a family. and gasoline prices, they're also up by $2,000 a family. and then, of course, he said he was going to work across the aisle. on the most important issues that america faces. the last time the president met with either the republican leader of the house or the republican leader of the senate to talk about jobs or the economy or the deficit was in july. all right. so this is a president who has promised a lot of things, but his record is very different than the promises.
instead of building the bridges we needed in america, he built a broader and broader divide. and i have a very different approach. i recognize this president is, again, making new promises. and these are promises he can't keep, just like the last ones, because he says he's going to keep us in the same path we're on. and one thing we know is if we stay in this same path, $16 trillion in debt will become $20 trillion in debt, we know that high unemployment today will be high unemployment over the next four years, we recognize that take home pay will continue to decline. we'll see stagnant wage growth. we know he will devastate the military, his secretary of defense said in fact the trillion dollars in cuts to the military, those trillion dollars in cuts would devastate our military. unless we change course, by the way, we may be -- >> a very busy time for both challengers for the white house. both men who want to be in the white house. mitt romney speaking in aetna, ohio. he was in wisconsin earlier. another battleground state.
the president here in ohio speaking twice today, holding two live events. that's mitt romney. up next, the right has been hammering the administration's response to the benghazi attack in september, even saying the media has ignored it. not true. cnn has been covering every development in from day one. four days until the election, are voters buying into this particular narrative? fareed zakaria joins me live. so what do you think? basic.
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is it all true, though? let's go to fareed zakaria, the host of cnn's "fareed zakaria gps." fareed, we know osama bin laden is dead. but the auto industry is back on top? are we less dependent on foreign oil? is the rest of what the president said accurate? >> don, i think broadly what he said was accurate, with the exception of the first part. let me go to the rest of it. the auto industry is back. the auto restructuring is really a great american success story because it was a government bailout, buddied with a very tough bailout as romney correctly says, obama forced those companies into bankruptcy, forced them to restructure, forced them to become competitive. not something you normally think of when you think about government ownership. this was more like a private equity fund. in the housing is up which is a huge and very important piece of this. and energy we're going through an energy transformation because of natural gas. the one piece that is a little
complicated is the jobs numbers as you pointed out a little earlier with your guest. the job numbers are good, better than they have been, but we're still trending much below historic recoveries and that is a problem. i don't think that much of the president can do about it, it is because we're digging ourselves out of a deep hole of debt. it is fair to say the job numbers are not as impressive as the president claimed. the rest was pretty accurate. >> okay. let's talk now, fareed, about the september 11th attack in libya that killed four americans. the right and conservative media outlets have been going after the administration over reports that cia leaders denied repeated requests for their people in benghazi to help in the fight. and just yesterday, a senior official denied that to cnn, that that ever happened. that whole back and forth, they say, never happened. so just days before this election, on november 6th, do you think that this will have
any impact on who wins or do you think this is just an argument for ideologues here? >> i think it is the latter, don. i think this is a highly politicized set of charges and countercharges. i think the republicans have been searching for some entry point to criticize obama on foreign policy. obama had what the public regards as generally a pretty successful foreign policy. libya proved to be one place they could go in, because there was a -- there was a mishandling of the events right after the assassination, the murder of the ambassador. they didn't know what was happening. they got out some wrong information. but the idea that there was some kind of purposeful, you know, cover-up, that there was deception or that there was some kind of treasonous behavior, many of these implications go beyond clumsiness and incompeten
incompetence. it is fair to say there was a fair amount of clumsiness and incompetence. to go to deceit and deception and treason, it seems to me there is absolutely no evidence for this. we don't know whether there was -- whether it was fair to say they were prepared for this. remember, we have 265 consulates and diplomatic postings around the world. on any given week, 25 of them asked for more security and, you know, you got limited resources, you make decisions you can in retrospect we should have reinforced benghazi. but in retrospect, it is not always as easy to tell at the moment which of those places you should reinforce. so i think we need an investigation, but it should be an impartial investigation, done by experts, not politicians in the heat of a campaign. >> fareed zakaria, thank you very much. appreciate it. >> pleasure as always. the aftermath of hurricane
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battleground ohio's 18 electoral votes may be critical points in the presidential race. cnn's latest poll of polls sho s 49% of ohio's likely voters support president obama. 46% support mitt romney. it is that close. in ohio, the phone lines are burning up with campaign calls. i visited phone banks for both campaigns in dayton, ohio, volunteers dialing and talking constantly trying to sell their candidates to perspective voters. it is sort of a symphony of noise. dayton, ohio, these obama volunteers are trying to reach everybody they can as the clock ticks toward election day. >> do you ever get distracted by all the people around you calling? >> no, we don't. we talk all the time. and everybody is talking.
right now they all stopped. but, no, we talk at the same time and get the same message out to whom ever we're talking. >> reporter: chris cameron and her husband bill butler traveled a long way to ohio to help the president. why is it so important what happens on the ground right now? >> we're from california. we came to ohio because, you know, california is kind of a safe state, we wanted to be where the action was. and, you know, it is really important to get every single voter out there. >> reporter: alina smith is the veteran here. how long have you been doing this? >> about 50 years. >> reporter: 50 years you've been volunteering? >> yes. >> reporter: for democrats? >> yes. >> reporter: and for the president now? >> if they don't have rides, we're ready to pick them up and carry them and put them right on the spot, whatever it is. >> reporter: on the other side of town, from the other side of the aisle, another group of ladies is burning up the phone lines for governor mitt romney. for mary mogan, sometimes the
calls are a success. >> can we count on your vote for mitt? yes, that's what i want to hear! thank you, ma'am, so much. >> reporter: and sometimes not so much. >> can we count on you for mitt romney? hello? i guess that's a no. >> reporter: across the table, one month call newby angie dodd she's she's said she's unemployed and she's hoping to get back to work. >> i hear excitement on the other end of the line and that excites me more and it is very encouraging that there say lot of mitt romney supporters out there. >> three. >> reporter: and they dial and dial some more. your dial finger, is it calloused? which finger do you use? >> i kind of use them all. >> reporter: you're a fast di dialer. >> i am. i'm getting pretty good at it now. >> reporter: two teams working hard, and changing the meaning
of phoning it in. those ohio phone bank volunteers are probably dialing until their fingers cramp today as both candidates make last minute stops in ohio. just ahead, presidential candidates getting ready for election day. which means lining up thousands of lawyers and polling places. ♪... ♪... ♪... choose the perfect hotel
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>> it is election season in ohio. ohio has been through this numerous times before, 2000, 2004, 2008. election officials here in ohio are accustomed to ohio being the epicenter of a presidential election. this isn't really anything new to us. we had it before. we're ready for it again this year. >> voting lines are expected, you had great turnout when it comes to early voting, which is absentee voting. it is expected a lot of people are going to turn out. do you think -- are you prepared for the number of people to come in because, remember 2008, the obama campaign asked that some of the polling places will be open later. do you think that will happen, number one. and are you prepared for the number of people to come in? >> i don't think a scenario where we have to keep the polls open will occur this year. it is always a possibility. if a judge ordered it, that's the only means by which you can do that here in ohio. but we here in franklin county are prepared. the 87 other counties are prepared around the state, we have put extra poll workers out there to assist voters, greeters to make sure the voters are
getting into the right location, all of our testing is ready on our machines. we will have voted almost 40% of our voters early here in franklin county, approximately 200,000. we're hitting 200,000 voters today with still three days to go. >> that video you're looking at was shot on monday, wasn't shot on thursday. that was on hamilton county. we got it behind the scenes look at absentee voting there and just what goes on since the secretary of state sent out applications, ballot applications to everyone, they're getting a lot of people who are returning them now. a lot of people who did absentee voting. new york times talked about -- i don't know if you saw the report, there were hundreds of people who went in and they said that they were not registered for absentee voting, not registered, but then a search showed that indeed they were. what are you doing to make sure you have checks and balances
like that where it is accurate? >> we have the same number of democrats and republicans at the board, we have bipartisan teams that go through and check absentee ballot applications. we search multiple ways, not just on name, but by name, address, birth date, driver's license number, we put it through every check and double-check we possibly can. if somebody did send us a voter -- an absentee ballot application, they were making sure if they're a registered voter, they're getting that ballot back mailed out to them. >> before you go, you know the provisional ballot, everyone is concerned because you don't actually have to count it until november 17th, right? >> we have a ten-day period after the election. >> someone asks, like i said, the secretary of state sent absentee ballot politicians to everyone, if you fill one out, and you don't vote, you go in on election day, then you have to vote provisionally, right? and a number of other things for provisional ballots.
>> that's correct. >> are you concerned about that process around the nation? that may mean we won't know who the president is, actually, if it comes down to ohio until two weeks after the election. >> well, ohio had provisional balloting for as long as i can remember. we had it for 20, 30 years in ohio. it is a process that ohio election officials are accustomed to, and ready to deal with. if a voter did request an absentee ballot and plans to vocation on election day, they cast a provisional ballot. voters here are accustomed to receiving those proactive absentee ballot request forms. we don't think it is going to be a huge problem. even if a lot of folks do vote provisionally, ohio election officials have been through this before, we're ready to handle it. >> you know how to deal with it. thank you. appreciate it. thanks for coming on. as the race must go on of course, but at what cost? at what cost? despite public criticism, new
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i'm talking about the decision to push ahead with the new york city marathon. this afternoon mayor michael bloomberg remained defiant about it, saying it is good for business and it is good for morale. >> while we help people, still help the companies that need business, still need a tax base so we have the resources to help people, and we give people something to cheer about and what's been a very dismal week. >> liz kruger's district on the east side of manhattan was one of the hardest hit by sandy. and she's not happy. she's posting this on twitter.
it says many elderly and disabled people are trapped with no food, water, and electricity. the race should be moved to focus on recovery. well, senator liz kruger joins me now. and senator, thank you, first of all, how are you doing? >> i'm doing fine, thank you. i just want to slightly edit, my district, about half of it is in the dark, half of it is fine. many other areas of the city are even harder hit, but i feel like i'm speaking for all of us when i say we need all our police, all our emergency responders, all our ambulances, all our firefighters, all our structural repair people focused on those areas most in need. central park is in my district, i love the park. there is no emergency to fix the park, which is where they are knocking down the tree limbs, and they're using emergency generators to set up for the race. that's unacceptable.
>> well, beyond that, though, you say that it is in, i don't know, are you saying that it is in poor taste that you're worried the marathon may take away valuable resources as you said, but beyond that, you think it is poor taste because the mayor says that it is good for morale, and it is good -- >> it is not a question of taste, it is a question of what is a government's responsibility. our responsibility is to use our resources and our personnel to do emergency response and rebuild. it is not a morale question. new york city will come back bigger and better, but not by sunday. we need to focus all of our attention on the emergency at hand. with all due respect, i think the mayor is overall doing a fabulous job at focusing the government resources on putting them where they need to be.
but it is friday at 3:45. we're not anywhere near recovery in much of the city or the region. not one resource should be used for something that is not an emergency. the trucks cannot get through the streets. we cannot get gas in the gas stations to refill the cars of emergency personnel. i'm being told nurses and home attendants cannot get to their patients or clients who are home because there is no movement of transportation or gas or cars. i have three hospitals that have been evacuated in my district alone. there are enormous problems, unfortunately. i would love morale boosts. i feel we're doing morale boosts by encouraging volunteers to go out and help us with the relief effort and the responses to my pleas for volunteers have been overwhelming, including from
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we're just four days from election day. can you believe that? and the justice department announced just today its civil rights division will send 780 federal observers to monitor polling places. it's sending personnel to 51 jurisdictions in 23 states including six battleground states. cnn's crime and justice correspondent joe johns on the case for us from washington now. joe, i would ask you why they're doing this, is this something new? i know why they're doing it, but is it new? >> it's not new quite frankly, don. they've done this before. but when you think about it go over the numbers one more time. government is going to essentially 780 observers or justice department personnel, 51 jurisdictions, 23 states, six battleground states, what we found so interesting is the number of people they're sending to individual states. florida's number one on the list. government sending observers to a total of seven different
counties in the sunshine state. state of pennsylvania is the runner-up with five different counties followed by ohio and texas each with four locations. and maricopa county, arizona, home of sheriff joe arpaio, also is going to have federal observers. >> yeah. and we should point out the states in yellow, those are the ones the justice department's sending monitors to. >> right. >> so what are these people going to do? are they just observing? if they find something, do they say, hey, listen, we need to get to that. what are they going to do? >> they're watching for specific things. possible violations of federal voting rights laws. and they're also supposed to protect the rights of access to the ballot on election day. many of the places these federal observers are actually going to have been previously identified as places to watch by the court or the justice department. and, don, we also got word today that the justice department is watching early voting in
florida. put out a little statement announcing they're going to be observing voting in the miami-dade area. we didn't hear anymore than that. we do know in miami-dade there have been some serious problems with traffic and people being able to get in. the lines are just so long right now for early voting in south florida. >> man, it's going to be something to watch. see what happens on tuesday. joe johns, thank you very much. we want to tell you that president obama's set to speak any moment in ohio. and we're back right after the break. everyone in the nicu, all the nurses wanted to watch him when he was there 118 days. everything that you thought was important to you changes in light of having a child that needs you every moment.
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